Which is pretty much the story of every school bully ever.
Totally! It’s funny that in this story the evil ones turn out to be the not-so-evil ones.
Did you have any Mean Girl experiences growing up?
I did. I was really bullied in middle school—so much that I transferred to another school. Girls can be mean, and boys can be mean, too. But you just have to know yourself and surround yourself with people who love you, and they’ll accept you no matter how weird or crazy you are! In fact, they’ll love you for that.
Who was your favorite Disney character when you were a kid?
As a little girl, I loved Belle because she was the first Disney princess I thought I looked like—because she had brown hair and brown eyes—and she was a bookworm, and I have always loved reading. I promise I was Belle for Halloween 10 years in a row, and my mom has the photos to prove it! I remember for one of my birthday parties, my mom even hired a guy to dress up as the Beast, and he carried me around, and we danced. I felt like I was in the movie.
We love that you’re a bookworm. What are you reading now?
I’m about to re-read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which was my favorite book as a kid. I also recently re-read The Fault in Our Stars, which is probably my favorite book of the last couple of years. Other than that, I’m reading a lot of books for my classes at UCLA. I’m still going to school between jobs—I’m a communications major and broadcast journalism and international relations minor.
Ambitious! And in-between writing your own music, you’ve also filmed Further Adventures in Babysitting, a new take on everyone’s childhood fave.
Yes, it’s a reboot of the ‘80s classic Adventures in Babysitting (which I watched twice in one weekend once with my sister). I play Lola, a free-spirited, seize-the-moment, passionate artist who follows her own rules and decides not to go to college. She also happens to be a very bad driver and gets a lot of parking tickets. So, she ends up in this mess where she has to pay her parking tickets, so she steals her friend Jenny’s babysitting gig for the night to make some money. And Lola being Lola, she ends up making a mess out of the babysitting situation, so Jenny helps her out with the kids, and they go on a wild adventure in the city.
Evie and Lola sound like they couldn’t be more different.
They are polar opposites—and that’s what I love about acting. I actually started out singing and then sort of fell into acting, and I feel lucky to have gotten these two awesome parts. Evie is girly, loves fashion, and wants a guy more than anything. Lola is more independent, rock and roll, and unpredictable. I’m enjoying the ride!